The ice rink built by Romanian businessman Ion Tiriac, with an investment ranging between EUR 3.5 million and EUR 3.9 million, will be inaugurated on 15 October and the ice tests are going to start at the end of September, Bogdan Enoiu, the organizer of BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy tennis tournament announced in a press conference on Tuesday.
For the moment, it’s about the first arena within the sports complex that the former tennis player plans to build in the city of Otopeni, near Bucharest, covering approximately 20 hectares.
According to BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy organizer, the ice rink has 500 seats but can be expanded in the future to 1000, the works starting six weeks ago.
“The ice rink will operate 11 months a year and will receive children of 5-6 yo and all those who want to skate, as well as the artistic skating athletes and hockey professional clubs,” Enoiu said.
He added that above the floor with the changing rooms, there will be a gym also.
“There will be low tariffs for using the ice rink, with free entry for children, because this project was not made for profit,” Enoiu pointed out.
The sports centre in Otopeni will also have 25 tennis courts and maybe an arena for hosting BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in the future, the tennis tournament being moved to Budapest for two years due to the closure of BNR Arenas.
Ion Tiriac will build here a stadium with athletics track and also a sports kindergarten, a new concept which will be implemented by the Romanian tycoon. “The complex includes a polyvalent sports hall of 5,000 seats, five indoor tennis courts plus another 20 outdoor tennis courts.
The Bucharest City Hall has been prospecting to build a new polyvalent hall and a skating rink for years, both of them being delayed indefinitely. The new polyvalent hall in Bucharest, hosted by the Lia Manoliu sports complex, should have been concluded last year, but the works have been delayed by the appeals to the auction.